drugs and crime

drugs and crime

Canada is going on a marijuana search-and-destroy mission in farmers' fields

While police and politicians hail the anti-pot effort as key to curbing organized crime and keeping communities safe, there’s questions about its effectiveness especially as the drug will be legalized next year.
Rachel Browne

30 'drug dealers' killed in 4 days since Philippines' Duterte sworn in as president

Duterte won the election in May on a platform of crushing crime, but his incendiary rhetoric and advocacy of extrajudicial killings have alarmed many who hear echoes of the country's authoritarian past.
VICE News and Reuters

California's governor signs gun-control measures

The measures were designed to crack down on military-style assault weapons in the wake of the Orlando and San Bernardino mass shootings.
drugs and crime

Alberta Cops Report First Death Related to W-18 — The Drug 100 Times More Powerful Than Fentanyl

Testing confirmed the Calgary man also had heroin and 3-methyl fentanyl, which is 10 to 15 times stronger than heroin, in his system. It's unclear exactly which drug was the direct cause of his death.
Rachel Browne

How 'America’s Toughest Sheriff' Treats Mentally Ill Prisoners

A lawsuit alleges that mentally ill inmates at the Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix under Sheriff Joe Arpaio are kept in "dangerously inadequate" conditions.
Tess Owen
drugs and crime

Medical Marijuana, Decriminalization, and Opium: 2016 Looks Big for Drugs in Mexico

Spurred into action by a supreme court ruling, Mexico could soon start legalizing medical marijuana, and raise the threshold for decriminalized consumer possession. It might even start considering licit domestic cultivation of cannabis and opium.
Samuel Oakford
asia & pacific

China Hits Back at UN Criticism of Its Human Rights Record

The UN human rights chief said a crackdown that has targeted lawyers and rights advocates is a "very worrying pattern," and urged transparency in the case of the missing Hong Kong booksellers.
Samuel Oakford

How Puppy Smuggling Is Boosting Organized Crime Across Europe

Every year, criminal gangs smuggle unknown thousands of puppies into Britain and growing awareness of the trade has been met with increasingly sophisticated tactics from the sellers to hide their activity.
Charles Parkinson
drugs and crime

Sex, Snacks, and Soccer: How Mexican Drug Lords End Up Captured

El Chapo's now famous mobile conversations with actress Kate del Castillo while he was Mexico's most wanted fugitive are just one of many examples of seeming carelessness that has brought down capos who are supposed to be experts in security.
Andrea Noel

The Drug Trial of an Experimental Painkiller Has Left One Person Brain Dead

Six volunteers at the facility in western France had been in good health until taking the oral medication. They are now all in a serious condition.
VICE News and Reuters
officer involved

St. Louis Cop Who Fatally Shot VonDerrit Myers Quits Force After DUI Crash

Officer Jason Flanery reportedly crashed his patrol vehicle into another car before fleeing the scene.
Reuters and VICE News

Gunwoman in San Bernardino Pledged Allegiance to Islamic State Leader on Facebook

Tashfeen Malik reportedly made the post from a Facebook account under a different name, US law enforcement officials said.
Reuters and VICE News